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A 37-year-old member asked:

how come polio is so dangerous?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Severe complications: Because it can cause paralysis or death.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
PralysisDisability: Because it can cause paralysis and even death and if some one survives it leaves them with residual weakness and lifelong disability.And 25to50% of them are stricken many years later with Post Polio SyndromeDisability

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is lou gehrig's disease related to polio?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Although amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (lou gerig's disease) is marked by distruction of nerves and atrophy of muscles, the cause remains elusive. No link to polio has been made.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there a any known cure for polio?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Polio: Polio is caused by a virus that damages the nervous system. The best "cure" is vaccination to prevent the disease. Once the infection is started, there is no specific treatment. Supportive treatment for the symptoms related to this disease will be needed. Once the damage is done, there is no "cure.".
A 36-year-old member asked:

How is polio transmitted?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Generally Air: Polio is transmitted thru respiratory droplets while breathing for the most part. Veryt much like a cold.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What happens during polio?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A Serious Infection: Polio is an an infection that can cause death from muscle paralysis of the chest muscles . The disease may cause permanant varying degrees of paralysis. Due to immunizations, it is almost eradicated worldwide , with pockets on africa and asia.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Why has polio not been eradicated 100%?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Incomplete vaccinati: Incomplete vaccination coverage of children in some countries results in ongoing transmission.

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